, yet always modest and level headed. and when president obama needed a respected leader to oversee his transition, he, again, turned to john podesta. and when i need advice, either on grand strategy or day-to-day tactics, i turn to john as well. he is our indispensable man and someone who has carried a cap on his shoulders for so long. and i am deeply grateful to him and i know the voice of dodd, which is appropriate, introduced him, but i think we should also show our appreciation again to john podesta. we may have different backgrounds but we share a set of values that animates our work and our lives. the value of justice, freedom, opportunity, and equality that everyone the world over deserves to have in their lives and their societies to deserve to have the chance to live up to their god-given potential to participate fully in the economic political, social lives of the places where they were born and lived. so when you look at these values and how much the united states had to do in thrusting them into human history and nurturing them and protecting them for so many years now, it'